The Classification Society each year offers an award for an outstanding PhD dissertation on the theme of clustering, classification, related areas of data analysis, encompassing both associated theory and/or applications (defended in the last 5 years and completed by 2013). The 2014 Award totals US$500 in book vouchers from Chapman and Hall/CRC and the winner will be invited to make a presentation in a special plenary session at the CS Annual Meeting. CS will cover travel expenses to the 2015 Annual Meeting of at most US$1000 for a North American based Award winner or at most US$1500 for an Award winner based elsewhere. Nominations may be made by the dissertation author, advisor/supervisor or related person by emailing the chair of the Dissertation award evaluation committee, Nema Dean at nema.dean`at' After the nomination has been received, the evaluation committee chair will request that the nominator obtain two external referee reports. It is suggested that these reports be completed by knowledgeable persons other than the author, their advisor/supervisor or similarly related person. The deadline for full submission of these reports is August 21, 2014.